Messenger Sports Briefs for May 30

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 30

Govs claim crown
in OVC baseball

No. 1 seed Austin Peay topped Jacksonville State 7-3 on Saturday to capture the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament’s baseball championship. It marks the fourth tournament championship for the Governors (33-22), who have also won titles in 1996, 2005 and 2007.
With the win, Austin Peay receives the OVC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The pairings for the event were announced this morning after press time.
This season marked the 33rd time the event has been held and the second year in a row it has been held at Pringles Park in Jackson. Pringles Park is home of the Jackson Generals, the AA-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Riverside champs
in baseball, softball

Riverside defeated Friendship Christian 6-1 on Friday morning to claim its second Class A state title in as many seasons.
All totaled, the Panthers outscored their opposition 50-9 in five games at the BlueCross Spring Fling.
The title game was the closest contest R’side had at the state tourney.
Additionally, the River-side softball team brought home the Class A state title as it blanked Chattanooga Grace 10-0 in the championship game.
Lexington brought back a pair of runner-up trophies to rural West Tennessee. The school can boast of the second-place team in both double-A baseball and softball.
Goodpasture defeated L’ton in both sports.

Vol recruiting class
already showing up

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Part of Tennessee’s 22-member football recruiting class has begun arriving on campus to prepare for a football season that won’t start for three months.
Taking summer classes and working out is the latest step for the players, some of whom have had playbooks since signing with the Volunteers in February.
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that, before a recruit arrives on campus, they can call with questions and coaches may send information.
But, Wilcox said, having the players on campus allows for them to hear terminology and learn concepts that can’t be taught on paper.
Included among the recruits is defensive back Byron Moore, who is expected to compete for a starting  spot. Moore said he’s become comfortable with his playbook.

Grizzlies’ assistant
talking to Rockets

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger is set to meet with the Houston Rockets next week about joining their  staff.
Memphis granted Houston permission Friday to talk to Joerger about being a top assistant  under Kevin McHale.
Memphis general manager Chris Wallace told The Commercial Appeal he hopes to keep the coaching staff together.
Joerger served as head coach of the 2006-07 NBA D-League Champion Dakota Wizards.
The title was the fifth he won as a head coach, including one International Basketball Association title and three Continental Basketball Association championships.

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